Thoughts on… Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

fury1-e1431613597377This is one of those films where as soon as it was released, it felt immediately iconic and like a game-changer for action films. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, dir. George Miller) is the fourth in the franchise, which began with the classic Mad Max in 1979. Its synopsis is as follows:

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. (source)

Here are some of my thoughts on this mindblowing film.

  1. I don’t have a lot of regrets in life, but my most recent regret is not seeing this amazing film at the cinema.
  2. I loved this. I was planning on watching this on a small airplane screen (more on that later on in the year), but I’m so glad a good friend of mine convinced me to watch it on his big television.
  3. Still, I can’t help but imagine how breathtaking this would have been on the big screen.
  4. I loved that the film was basically a non-stop chase sequence with brief breaks where the audience is able to catch their breath. We really needed those breaks because the pacing and action was relentless.
  5. The creative aspects of Mad Max: Fury Road are also top notch – with amazing and appropriate music choices, beautiful cinematography (I may have to do another post on this aspect of the film alone), and really exciting direction by George Miller.
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road makes you feel like you’re a part of this insane car chase. It’s kind of an exhilarating experience.
  7. One of my most favourite things about this, though, was Charlize Theron’s performance as the strong and sensitive Imperator Furiosa. She is so powerful and feminine and it’s refreshing to see a film highlight and celebrate this (even though the advertising seemed to deliberately hide how dominant her role was in the film).
  8. And you can’t fault Tom Hardy as the one and only Max, a ferocious performance with a relative lack of dialogue but a lot of impressive action scenes.
  9. As far as I’m concerned, this film is eligible for so many Oscars – best actress, visual effects, cinematography, maybe sound mixing as well. And certainly George Miller for best direction.
  10. I continue to be so intrigued by the world of this film. The mythology feels so richly detailed but I have so many questions about it.
  11. And how’s about the guitar flamethrower guy? What a boss.
  12. If you’re like me and never saw this in cinemas, then we can suffer together. But this is still worth watching on a television screen. What an amazing film.

5/5
Watch the trailer here.

32 comments

  1. I can’t wait to hear about this small airplane screen story.

    1. Expect a post about it on October 5th! 😀

  2. I loved the hell out of this movie so I naturally loved this post.

    1. Thanks Vinnie! I already can’t wait to re-watch this amazing film.

      1. I’m the same, watching it again will be bad ass.

  3. FURY ROAD FOREVER!!!

    1. Eric, I’d say you’re a major Fury Road groupie just like me.

  4. Glad u got to see & enjoy this, Anna!
    Don’t worry, this instant classic is bound to have special cinema showings somewhere near u in th nr future
    Your thots were v interesting – now intrigued to catch your small airplane screen & cinematography Posts.
    Oh, what a blog! What a lovely blog!
    Cheers!

    1. Thanks heaps! 😀 Really can’t wait until I do get to see this on some kind of big screen!

  5. Just watched this weekend (on a big TV screen) and had the same experience. It will be really interesting to see what kind of attention this gets come awards season.

    1. I hope it gets a lot of good attention!

  6. So glad you loved it this much! It’s definitely my favorite of the year and I don’t think anything will beat it. Seeing it in the cinema was amazing I was gasping the whole time

    1. I’m trying to think of my other favourites for this year and I can’t think of anything. Maybe that’s a sign that I really enjoyed it!

  7. thebearking · · Reply

    Very glad I convinced you to stay and watch it with Rohan and I, cross my heart we will hit up the Astor or Moonlight because for sure it will get a screening there.

    1. Thank you Cam! I’m in for Astor or Moonlight, that would be amazing.

  8. My wife asked me if she should read up on the other Max Mad movies. I said “don’t worry.” It is basically kapow, vrrooom, bang, kaboom , vroom, vrrooom, kaboom boom.. She loved it.

    1. That is an excellent summary! 😀

  9. I can’t wait to see this!

  10. […] I will present you pictures. These still images do the film absolutely no justice, however. This is another film that I truly regret missing seeing on the big […]

  11. So much fun. Let’s hope that if they do make more movies like this, they’ll continue in the same vein. Nice review Anna.

    1. Super late reply, but thanks Dan! I do hope they make more films in the Mad Max universe. I would love to see more of Furiosa.

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  13. Okay, so saw this, loved it. Probably one of my favorites for 2015. Definitely a favorite for 2015!

    1. Just so amazing. What a film. I’m interested to see how it goes at the Oscars!

  14. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed this so much! It is one of those things that was absolutely phenomenal on the big screen, and remains awesome on the small screen. Everything worked WONDERS.

    1. It was simply amazing. I’m still pretty bummed that I didn’t see this in the cinema, but watching it on a television was still an exhilarating experience.

      1. BIG television, not this plane stuff you were contemplating xD

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  16. […] screen again, and was yet again stunned by the visuals on display. I have previously posted my thoughts on the film, and always knew I would have to do a separate post on how much I loved the way the film looks and […]

  17. Simply amazing! 🙂

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